Kent Falls State Park reopened after officials say suspicious device found is not a threat

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KENT– State Police say that DEEP has closed Kent Falls State Park after a suspicious device was found.

DEEP officials say that the park had reopened around 12:45 p.m. after being closed for almost two hours while officials investigated.

The device that prompted the closure of the park was seen on the covered footbridge that leads from the parking lot to the park entrance. It turned out to be a camp grill with visible wires used for an igniter.

The object was reported to the park supervisor shortly before 10 a.m.. DEEP EnCon police as well as State Police were summoned to the park, and visitors were asked to leave.

From a distance, the grill looked like it would have been an improvised explosive device (IED), according to EnCon police, so the bomb squad was called in to assist.

The bomb squad determined the grill had no threat, and the park was then reopened.